42 Murals – Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX
Murals are very popular these days as is graffiti. The two styles have sort of merged together in modern art and have created an exciting new form of art, if you search graffiti wall murals you can find plenty of great images. In fairness the two styles have blended previously in art, the line between what is graffiti and what is a mural can be subjective, but it seems to be particularly popular and well suited for contemporary art.
Postmodernism seeks to combine styles, which is exactly what graffiti murals do. In general, murals tend to demand a certain respect, especially when done well. Graffiti artists won’t tag an area with a mural, so it benefits a community by keeping unwanted graffiti to a minimum. The fact that graffiti artists are now participating in murals also allows them to express themselves legally, so overall it has become a beneficial way of bringing art to neighborhoods.
I first visited Deep Ellum before my senior year of high school. I remember enjoying it but because I was in a summer program put on by the Dallas Art Institute, much of my time touring class rooms. Anyway, it was a long time ago and I remembered little about deep Ellum, so it was good to re-explore the area a bit.
Allison and I stopped in Deep Ellum to check out an excellent restaurant (The Twisted Root) I have recently developed an interest in hamburgers I did not know I had in me. I enjoyed dipping my burger in the peanut butter dip for my sweet fries. Anyway, with little knowledge of change in the area it was exciting to see the mural work. Many of the pieces had only been painted in the last couple years. The quality of the work is very high and will certainly bring tourism and money to Deep Ellum; it’s a great idea.
Much of the work had the hashtag #42 Murals. Basically, the goal of #42murals is to give artists an opportunity to showcase their talent as well as to bring people with like interests together. There are many amazing murals we didn’t have the opportunity to see but we were able to check them out on Instagram. You can virtually visit the area, too by searching out the hashtag on social media.
I would strongly recommend checking out the murals in Deep Ellum. It is honestly worth a trip just to see the murals alone. There are a ton of them and they vary greatly so there is something for everyone. Also, it’s a good chance to look at talented local artists work for free. Oh, and don’t forget to get a burger too.